Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,575
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 171
Gots: 382 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a glowing crystal clear yellow. No head, bartender poured to the rim of the glass. Still looks pretty good though. Spotty lacing clings to the glass after a rigiours swirl.

S - aroma is light and fairly straight roasted. There are some leafy green herbal and notes possibly some mint and floral notes with lots of doughy bread.

T - doughy malt flavors up front with just a hint of sweetness. hop bitterness enters mid palate with lots of leafy herbs, and some crisp citric flavors. There is a bit of floral character in the backend followed by a lingering citric bitterness.

M - creamy yet crisp texture. Medium bodied but pretty big for a pilsner. High carbonation with tight zippy bubbles.

O - excellent American take on a pilsner. This is one of my summer go too beers. It is just flavorful and refreshing. A good times kind of lager.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I am drinking this from a bottle one day before the drink by date.
Nose has an initial shot of sulfur but it quickly dissipates, faint DMS, some pale malt, grainy.
Palate: grain, a touch of sweet with a pleasant bitter emphasis on the end. Good balance between the malt and hops, clean and crisp. Dries out on the finish – rounded and well balanced.
Brilliant gold, 2” finely bubbled white foam cap, diminishes at medium speed but rouses back up, lacy.
Well carbonated, medium light body, refreshing, well made.

Photo of aqualung23
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jlindsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light misty yellow with a thin white head that faded fast. The smell is hoppy and floral, with some sweet notes from some malty characters. The taste starts sweeter with the hoppy notes and finishes malty. A good deal flavor is packed into this beer. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, medium body. This is an easy drinker, and very enjoyable. A great beer.

Photo of Philousa
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a very clear pale sunshine yellow. Effervescent with a loose head that dissipates in a hurry. The nose is dominated by honey and nectar. It smells almost too thick/sweet. A slightly nutty aroma comes out with a swirl, tending towards almond. A slight biscuit is way in the back. The flavor starts with bitter grass then moves to a nutty white bread. There is a nectar like bitterness from noble hops, then it gets really bitter and slightly piney. Definitely out of the style, as it lingers for a while. Feel is very slightly watery with a balanced finish.

This is just too grassy and bitter. Chlorophyll comes to mind.

Photo of tpaetow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Maxie's in Ithaca.

Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a few fingers bubbly head. Very carbonated. Nose is crisp and slightly citrusy from clean hops. Taste follows with a great balance of citrusy bitter hops and crisp light maltiness. Goes down easy and makes you want more. I'd have had more if I wasn't full from dinner.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light golden yellow color with a big foamy head. Great looking lacing and head retention. Smells nice and hoppy. A banquet of spicy of floral hops hit the nose with a bready malt in the background. The taste is absolutly delicious! Spiced with hops to perfection. Pine like bitterness hits the tounge first and then evens out to a softer floral flavor. It's like the hops are in a tuga-war with the malts because the malts are trying to keep the hops in check. Dry hoppy finish. Smooth medium body and perfect drinkabilty. Damn this is good drinking. I love a great pilsner during the summer time, but this one threw me off guard. True to the style but a lot hoppier. This could be one of the most delicious pilsners I have had.

Photo of BBP
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a white gold color with slight, but withstanding head. The color was especially gorgeous during the pour, as it almost looked like it sparkled. Perhaps the effect of the first beer after a long night of work.

Slight amounts of hops and slight amounts of skunk were the first prevalent aromas I detected. Slightly grassy with a bit of bready malt.

The taste definitely surpasses near every pilsner I've ever had. It almost tastes like a hoppy pale ale, but it's classified otherwise. To give an idea of the hoppiness, it's somewhere between an EIPA and an AIPA. The taste is mildly zesty, and the hops are leaning slightly towards pine with some citrus. It has a good share of grassiness as well.

The body is a tad thin for the style, but carbonation covers it up pretty well. The finish has only the slightest dryness and overall the mouthfeel is quite unintrusive.

The drinkability of this is exceptional. Reviewing the one single I got was definitely tricky since it was disappearing before my eyes. It goes down like a very light beer, but packs the punch of something bigger. At 5.3%, it tastes like a 6%.

Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kenito799
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Best before date: Nov 13. 2007. Fresh from a closed case, no light exposure.

Clear golden color with fluffy white head that recedes and leaves wisps of lace as it is drunk.

Aroma is yeasty (like champagne), floral-hoppy, malty, fresh, deliciously beer-y.

Flavor is wonderfully crisp with perfectly balanced hop bitterness (very different kind of bitterness than the hops in an IPA) from start to finish, with smooth malt all the way through. Very refreshing and supremely drinkable and thirst-quenching. Exactly what I want on a hot day.

Photo of zdk9
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I probably don't appreciate this style quite as much as most ales, but with that in mind here are my thoughts on the a highly rated American Pils.

A- Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a tint of aquamarine. Head is under a finger of small tight white bubbles that leave just a touch of lacing with each sip.

S- Lemony characteristics lie over a slightly spicy pale maltiness, reminscent of white wheat bread.

T- Bitter lemon and grapefruit balance out light bready flavor that I found to be somewhat weak.

M- The bitterness of this beer lingers in my mouth. It almost forces me to take another sip so that the sweeter taste of the initial burst will balance out this bitterness.

D- An ok pils but I'm craving something more flavorful, even with the lightness of a pils.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden with a half finger of white head.

Smell: Sweet hay, floral hops, malt and some hint of lemon.

Taste: Grassy bitter hops, lemon grass. Great pilsner taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Probably my go to Pilsner. Victory nailed the style with this one.

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head sits atop this clear, pale golden beer.
Hoppy aroma of mostly grassy hops with some earthiness as well. Nice lagered malt aroma as well.

Taste shows a nicely balanced beer with a solid hop presence. Hops are mostly grassy with just a touch of earthiness. Solid pilsner malt backbone that isn't overly grainy. Crisp and refreshing, but flavorful as well. Finish leaves you wanting more.

Good body to the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall, this is easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Future consumption will most definitely be sought out. Huge thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for dragging this one to Ohio for me!

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,575 ratings.